Gluten Free Diet and Weight Loss: Is there a Connection?

Gluten Free Diet and Weight Loss

I just read an intriguing article from the Brainerd Dispatch, a newspaper in Minnesota about a woman in her early thirties named Genesis Sparks who lives in Baxter, MN about 130 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

She figured out the secret why she had been having trouble losing weight after the birth of her children…

She gained about 100 pounds during her first pregnancy and it took her a long time to shed those pounds again. When Genesis was expecting her second child in 2010, she again gained about 100 pounds and after the baby was born she got sick, suffering constant stomach aches, fatigue and headaches.  She researched her symptoms on the Internet and learned about Celiac disease.

She strongly suspected that she had it, and asked to be tested for Celiac disease.  Although the results of the test were negative, she decided to change her diet anyway and started to feel better.  Whenever she would try to go back eating gluten, she would feel horrible, confirming her suspicion that she had some form of gluten intolerance.

After that, she decided to go off grains such as corn, wheat, barley, oats, rye and rice and completely rid her diet of all gluten.  She followed a adopted Paleo-type diet, which includes mostly meats, fruits and vegetables.  It was really difficult for her at first as she felt bad while withdrawing from all the carbohydrates in these foods, but as she improved, she knew that it was worth it.

She noticed many of her other gluten symptoms – which were very similar to Celiac symptoms – disappearing after clearing her diet up:

  • fibromyalgia
  • arthritis
  • psoriasis
  • eczema
  • breaking out with blisters on her hands and losing her fingernails because of the blisters
  • memory problems

She was very happy to find out that she had lost 20 pounds in only a month on the Paleo-type diet!  She attributes the weight loss to diet alone since she was not following an exercise program at the time.  Over the next several months she rapidly lost the remainder of her 100 pound weight gain.

When she noticed her daughter exhibiting sinus symptoms and sores in her mouth, she decided to remove gluten from her daughter’s diet and she immediately improved as well.

What she has discovered is that grains are inflammatory, especially in those with an intolerance.  When the cause of inflammation is removed (gluten in the grains), the body can heal itself of the inflammation, often very rapidly.  Her family also takes at least one teaspoon of coconut oil a day because it speeds body metabolism to lose weight and can reduce inflammation as well.

She also says that tests for gluten intolerance and Celiac disease is not always accurate.  She advises to trust your body – if you get sick after eating something, then try staying off it awhile to see if you feel better.

Genesis’ story really resonated with me as I have read about others with similar health issues and have also experienced good results when removing gluten and most processed foods from our family’s diet.  Some of the gluten intolerance symptoms also known as gluten intolerance symptoms we experienced that showed improvement include:

  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • arthritis
  • joint pain
  • body aches
  • depression

It is important to get this information out there to help as many people suffering needlessly.

I wish you well in your journey toward perfect health!


Article Reference: Gluten Free Living in Brainerd Dispatch Newspaper

image courtesy Alan Cleaver

Tricia Fecteau

I have tried to share what I have learned years in my book called "Gluten-Free with Love" available on Amazon and on my website. I want to help you in your journey to good health.